Dating historic lumber

Circa 1914 Like Solomon’s temple of old, for seven years Stanford University toiled to build a magnificent group of buildings planned by the Founders: the Chemistry Building, Gymnasium, Library, and the adjacent Leland Stanford Junior Museum.The San Francisco quake of April 1906, heavily damaged these neoclassical monuments.Stanford University athletes have participated in, and achieved medals in every summer game from 1908 to the 2008 games in Beijing, bringing home a total of 182 Olympic medals.Crossroads acquired timbers and decking from the deconstruction project of the Encina Gymnasium and can now offer this finely aged, nearing the century mark, tight grained lumber to you in the form of remilled flooring, paneling and timbers.These beautifully grained, Douglas Fir timbers, have been filmed in the background of notable superstars, such as John Barrymore, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogard, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, and Rin-Tin-Tin.

Crossroads has a limited supply of beautiful Douglas Fir from the 1936 prop and studio building deconstructed in 2007, some of which we can remanufacture into flooring or paneling on request.

Benjamin Cribari, the founder, first immigrated to America in 1899 from Cosenza, Italy.

In 1903 the family moved from Colorado to California and the next year acquired forty acres of land in Paradise Valley, in the foothills of southern Santa Clara County where the first vines were planted.

The story we’ve heard is that the timbers were to be used to build ships for the Queen’s navy. These timbers were underwater for 90 years before they broke free, floated to the surface and washed ashore. Crossroads has the last load of these timbers that we know of. We don’t know how much salt water they took on because they were probably fresh cut, already heavy and wet when they sank.

They’ve stayed straight and true with a bit of minor checking on the outside faces but no major heart checking.

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